Friday 14 October 2016

Why Police Scotland Are No Longer Proactive

It's not a good time to be Jewish in Scotland.

A report by the The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) entitled 'What’s Changed About Being Jewish in Scotland" says that:

"Before Police Scotland came into being we always had extra visits from our local bobby to ask how things were in times of heightened tensions and to say they were doing extra patrols. There is much less of a sense of local community since Police Scotland came into being."

In short, the SCoJeC report says that Jewish members of the public feel their safety is "not a priority" for Police Scotland.

It's a sentiment that's echoed by many members of the public I speak to - and it's unacceptable.

Here's what the real underlying problem is.

It's not so much that Police Scotland are specifically ignoring Jewish people (or any other minority community).

It's just that Police Scotland are now reactive rather than proactive.

The ramifications of police being reactive rather than proactive are huge.

You see, in days gone by, police saw their job as being protectors of the public. They interacted with the public, they proactively checked on communities to make sure they were safe, and they listened to their concerns.

But with the centralisation of Police Scotland and their failed one-size-fits-all police force, all of the local, personal, and community policing that once kept us safe had has been eroded.

Police nowadays will only 'react' when someone calls them to report a problem.

So when problems emerge within a community, especially at times of heightened tensions, they fester away for much longer and are never resolved at that crucial early stage.

It's only when problems escalates to a point where boiling point is reached that they get brought to the attention of the police and are then dealt with. Usually too late.

Ironically this new reactive policy of Police Scotland suits them just fine.

Because police no longer view themselves as peacekeepers, existing to protect the public.

Instead police view themselves as existing to target the public.

Police Scotland think that making lots of arrests 'proves' to the public that they're doing a good job.

So you can see why they consider it to be in the best interests of Police Scotland to let situations fester, tempers rise to boiling point, and violence to break out before stepping in to 'sort' the situation and arrest the 'baddies'.

Unfortunately it's not in the best interests of the public or our communities.

It would be far better for the public if police would help us, support us, protect us, and nip community problems in the bud before they escalate.

If police did that, the public would be kept much safer.

But arrest numbers would go down.

And untrustworthy Police Scotland most definitely do NOT want that to happen.